The rules have been quite clear — if you don’t complete the catch all the way through hitting the ground, it’s an incomplete pass.
Despite that notion, Jesse James’ non-catch, there was plenty of controversy around the ending between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. After James’ touchdown was overturned, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception on a wacky final play and the Patriots survived, 27-24.
Quarterback Tom Brady spoke on the play Monday morning, and his take wasn’t uncommon:
After the game, Roethlisberger was clear on the final play — it wasn’t his fault:
The Patriots moved into the No. 1 seed in the AFC with the victory.